Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec: Why ‘Shark Tank’ is better than ‘Dragon’s Den’

True story: Daymond John saw this and tweeted, “I tried to watch…but Kevin O’Leary’s bald head was so damn shiny! I had to throw sand on the screen to kill the glare!” My head is cropped out, so it must be true.

After I interviewed Shark Tank Sharks Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec (click here to watch that interview, which dates from my Traffic Cone Professor sartorial period), a debate emerged in the comments section. The two also appear on the older, Canadian version of ABC’s fish-themed angel investor show, Dragon’s Den, and the bickering began: Which show is better?

Judging by the comments, you’d think Dragon’s Den has the edge, but the numbers probably aren’t representative. After all, Canadians are more likely to be vocal about their preferences since American culture has a way of dominating North America. They’ve got to be louder than the Americans when a comparison is at stake or else they risk not being heard at all.

O’Leary and Herjavec think the crucial difference between the two shows has a lot to do with that imbalance. After all, they’re business, and they think in terms of market potential:

One Response to “Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec: Why ‘Shark Tank’ is better than ‘Dragon’s Den’”

  1. Erick Mott

    Great interview, Jason. Direct questions about the the realities of venture investing and related success (or not).